World No. 1 Jon Rahm will enter the Ryder Cup after missing only his second PGA Tour entry this year after struggling with stomach issues during the Fortinet Championship
- World No. 1 Jon Rahm was the only Ryder Cup player to play this week
- Rahm had a stomach flu which he blamed for ‘a long and exhausting season’
- Paul McGinley Believes Harrington Could Regret Not Choosing Justin Rose
Jon Rahm’s curious decision to play the week before the Ryder Cup – the only player on either side to do so – backfired spectacularly in California when he missed mid-game on Friday.
It followed a run-up stomach flu that the world No. 1 blamed on “a long and exhausting season.”
With the most long and tiring week of all for Europe’s best player, how bizarre would he not follow everyone’s lead and rest for Whistling Straits. It was only his second missed cut of the year and his first since May.
Jon Rahm’s curious decision to play the week before the Ryder Cup backfired spectacularly
The blessing in disguise about missing the last two days, of course, is that he has at least been able to recharge somewhat over the weekend, after a rickety performance full of missed greens in regulation and very poor putting by his standards. Padraig Harrington may want to look away now.
“It’s very simple — it wasn’t my best ball-snapping tune,” he said. “I could have focused better, visualized better, while getting a lot of shots on the greens.
“I don’t think I was as rested as I could have been with my stomach problems, but I feel good today. At least now I get a few extra days to rest and figure out what’s going on with my swing.’
Meanwhile, Ryder Cup legend Paul McGinley believes Harrington could regret not choosing Justin Rose as one of his wildcards.
The world number 1 missed the cut at the Fortinet Championship in California this week
The Sky Sports golf expert, who played in three consecutive winning teams and led Europe to success in 2014, is convinced Englishman Rose could have improved the visiting party at Whistling Straits.
“Justin Rose would have definitely made this team a little bit stronger,” McGinley said. “There is no doubt about that, especially after his two top tens in his last two tournaments.
“But I don’t think this is the time to debate that. We have 12 players and three picks that I don’t think you can argue against getting one of them included.”
Harrington chose Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and rookie Shane Lowry as his wildcards. McGinley revealed that the Europe captain spent up to two and a half hours with his vice captains at a final selection meeting.
“I don’t think Shane was the reason for the delay,” he said. “Over the past three months, he has been one of the leading European players in America. He’s also a Major Champion and I don’t consider him a rookie.”
McGinley added: “We’re really against it. The bookmakers have us at 2-1 and I think that’s reasonable given the world rankings.’